LibriVox recording of The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins. Read by Wiebke
Valeria Brinton marries Eustace Woodville despite objections from Woodville's family leading to disquiet for Valeria's own family and friends.
Just a few days after the wedding, various incidents lead Valeria to suspect her husband is hiding a dark secret in his past and she discovers that he has been using a false name. He refuses to discuss it leading them to curtail their honeymoon and return to London where Valeria learns that he was on trial for his first wife's murder by arsenic. He was tried in a Scottish court and the verdict was 'Not Proven' rather than 'not guilty' implying his guilt but without enough proof for a jury to convict him.
Valeria sets out to save their happiness by proving her husband innocent of the crime. In her quest, she comes across the disabled character Miserrimus Dexter, a fascinating but mentally unstable genius, and his devoted female cousin, Ariel. Dexter will prove crucial to uncovering the disturbing truth behind the mysterious death. (Introduction by wikipedia)
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August 24, 2017 Subject:
The book and the lady
The reader's frequent comical mispronunciations (ones that come to mind as I type: yacht, hearth, melancholy) made suspension of disbelief impossible for me. Are these recordings supposed to provide an opportunity for persons whose first language isn't English to practise their spoken English?
June 30, 2011 Subject:
and the moral of the story is......
You need to make better choices about who you fall in love with. That is really what this story is about, people who have made really bad decisions in their love interests and how it really screwed up their lives. The story is long but very well written. The character of Dexter was very vexing and he made me as impatient as he made Valeria. The narrator was fabulous and she really made Valeria real. Terrific story, highly recommended.
February 4, 2011 Subject:
Good story, excellent reader
The summary pretty much covers the general gist of the story. The story is not as intense as Collins tends to write, but it is still good.
The reader was excellent, her soft voice and mild accent really helped make this story come alive. Well done! :-)